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It's been a long time since I looked into the El Dorado story, but I recall from reading that the legend involved the Golden Man covering himself with gold dust and plunging into a lake in some purification ritual. Over the course of several hundred years there would have been a significant deposit of gold dust at the bottom of that lake. The Spaniards apparently never located the lake, but it seems reasonable to me that it existed. The various gold icons such as the birds and trees made of gold would likely have been removed along with other Inca troves when the Spanish invasion began. Locating those hidden caches, as far as I know, was a futile effort but provided impetus for many exploratory expeditions into the interior. A similar legend was told to Coronado leading him on a wild goose chase in search of Quivira. The motif of a legendary chieftan and a garden of golden trees and birds is so similar to El Dorado that I have often wondered if they did not have a common origin in South America or whether the Spaniards did not inadvertantly transport the legend themselves. Both Coronado and De Soto were spurred on by the fabulous wealth encountered by Cortez and Pizzaro. There is even a local treasure legend of a renegade captain in Pizarro's forces who absconded with several llama loads of gold and silver following ancient Indian routes to North America. The llama train was alleged to have been wiped out somewhere in the vicinity of Gainesville, Texas and treasure hunters from Spain were still searching for it as late as the late 19th century based upon information supposedly located in the royal archives of Spain. Where gold is involved it takes only a grain of truth to launch a thousand ships. LOL!

Mr.Ward wrote:

> Aine wrote:
>
> > While we're on this subject, though, do you think El Dorado
> was
> > a real place?
>
> Personally, no.
>
> I believe it was a place made up when the locals realised the
> foreigners lust for gold. A place the locals hoped the
> foreigners would never return from.
>
> What's your take?
>

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South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 523 Dr. Lew Graham 06-Sep-13 02:52
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 220 MJT 06-Sep-13 09:14
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 224 molder 06-Sep-13 10:31
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 137 Aine 06-Sep-13 14:18
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 165 Mr.Ward 06-Sep-13 14:31
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 204 David Campbell 06-Sep-13 14:52
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 188 Aine 06-Sep-13 15:07
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 195 DrRita 06-Sep-13 15:08
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 191 Mr.Ward 06-Sep-13 15:20
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 146 Aine 06-Sep-13 15:32
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 154 Mr.Ward 06-Sep-13 15:36
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 137 Aine 06-Sep-13 15:44
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 213 Aine 06-Sep-13 15:06
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 141 Mr.Ward 06-Sep-13 15:32
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 170 carolb 06-Sep-13 15:33
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 177 Aine 06-Sep-13 15:44
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 221 DrRita 06-Sep-13 16:34
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 179 molder 07-Sep-13 21:30
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 167 Aine 09-Sep-13 15:51
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 251 David Campbell 09-Sep-13 21:13
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 122 Aine 10-Sep-13 15:09
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 144 molder 09-Sep-13 22:54
Gold and Silver - oldest money 222 MichaelTellinger 23-Sep-13 12:52
large gold disk 187 michael seabrook 06-Sep-13 14:14
South African Gold 180 PB Bytes 06-Sep-13 19:27
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 265 MichaelTellinger 17-Sep-13 00:40
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 1666 MichaelTellinger 17-Sep-13 09:47
Thank you, Michael, for the information-rich reply 229 Dr. Lew Graham 18-Sep-13 03:42
Re: Thank you, Michael, for the information-rich reply 218 David Campbell 18-Sep-13 04:58
Re: Thank you, Michael, for the information-rich reply 264 MichaelTellinger 23-Sep-13 10:10
Re: Thank you, Michael, for the information-rich reply 219 Aine 23-Sep-13 13:21
Re: Thank you, Michael, for the information-rich reply 172 David Campbell 23-Sep-13 14:43
Re: Thank you, Michael, for the information-rich reply 206 Aine 23-Sep-13 15:30
Re: South African Gold and Ancient Astronomical Sites 239 Mr.Ward 18-Sep-13 15:34
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